My name is Natalie and I write YA historical fantasy. I grew up on a diet of mythology and ghost stories and started writing when I was eleven. My first story was a Harry Potter fanfic that I never finished but that project made me fall in love with creating my own characters and stories. Not long after that, I started writing an original story set in ancient Ireland based on Irish mythology that eventually grew into a series. Writing helped me get through my teenage years but I took a hiatus throughout most of my twenties. I got back into writing by participating in NaNoWriMo in 2016 and have completed every year since. I love my local writing community that gets together each year to embark on such a crazy writing journey.
This year I want to get serious and finish Book 1 in my series. This world that I created a while ago during my formative years deserves a finish! I am looking for other writers writing in YA fantasy or historical who can help me stay accountable to my goals and give me honest, even if blunt, feedback to whip my story into place. I will gladly do the same for you! Let’s do this!
I adore books with long passages of languid description, MG and YA underdog heroes, hopeless characters pitted against bleak circumstances, and I’m not known to shy away from the odd bit of violence and gore.
Although some of these authors don’t fit all the above criteria, my favorites are Mervyn Peake, Rosemary Sutcliff, Sabaa Tahir, and any of the Brontes.
Books about any “chosen one”; warrior MCs who have it all: physical prowess, intelligence, money, and good looks; stories about royalty or upper nobility–I want to read about commoners and serfs and plebians and slaves.
I am open to stories that include the above features but they’ll have to be presented in an innovative way to keep my interest.
In fourth century Ireland, the ancient legends of an immortal race known as the Sidhe are fading. Fifteen year old Eithne clings to tales of the old heroes as a source of comfort after the death of her best friend. Dismissed as a former slave and harbinger of misfortune, she spends her days alone in the forest dreaming that one day she will leave her tribe and join the roaming band of warriors known as the Fianna. Eithne, too, believes the Sidhe are all but stories until she finds herself in the middle of a confrontation between two of their warriors. After a narrow escape, she decides she must learn to protect herself and her family. Eithne convinces an enigmatic group of young warriors to teach her their ways and soon finds her confidence and combat skills growing as she trains with her new friends. But an ancient magic awakens and Eithne must reconcile with her past before she can strive for her own future.
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